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   Dr. Rita Bishop, Superintendent
   Roanoke City Public Schools

(540) 853-2381


Dear Parents and Guardians:

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!  Everyone has worked hard to prepare for the arrival of students.  Some areas of major interest:

  • Niche ranks RCPS in the top 25 districts in Virginia.
  • Round Hill Elementary is nearly complete. The preschool will relocate to the School. By December the School will have a total of 40 new or renovated classrooms, an expanded library, music rooms and much more.
  • We are grateful to our community partners for tutoring and supporting our garden programs as well as the generous donations of supplies, food, and time.
  • Our collaboration with the library system and Star City Reads has enriched our classroom, after-school and summer programs.
  • Our graduation rate for all students continues to rise.
  • RCPS+ prepared nearly 3,000 students to have a productive school year while working with career and arts education.
  • All students have arts education opportunities. This summer was the first time students from all middle schools were involved in a City-wide theatre production.
  • 1,788 industry certifications were awarded to Career and Technical Education students.
  • The generosity of spirit of our students and community to help our homeless students is overwhelming.

Every school has exciting programs. Please become acquainted with the administrators and teachers at your school.  We need your input and support.

Students First is the mantra of this district.  Each child is our future.  Strong Students. Strong Schools. Strong City.  Your School Board extends its best wishes for a wonderful school year. 

I always welcome your suggestions—it is the only way we can continue to improve.  Together we can ensure that our students receive the education they deserve.

Best regards,

Rita D. Bishop, Ed.D

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Notes from Superintendent
The 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is now complete.  To view it, click here
Instructional Time
<span css-editor-pageitem-text-11042"="" css-editor-pageitem-text="">Roanoke City Public Schools is committed to providing excellent instruction for our students.  The current school schedules ensure the Division is in compliance with Section 22.1-98 of the Code of Virginia, which requires that school divisions provide 180 instructional days or 990 instructional hours per school year. Days or hours that exceed the 180 day or 990 hour requirement permit the Division to use the time to offset days missed due to inclement weather or other emergencies.

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